SnoTap’s NFC Playoffs Rooting Interest Index
Welcome to the first edition of the SnoTap Rooting Interest Index. In the past, I’ve created something similar for playoffs that do not involve the teams I cheer for and it’s mostly been the Brewers. Since Green Bay is no longer playing football, we created one for the NFC Playoffs, but this time around were not trying to shoehorn former Packers, rather, just looking at the team as a whole. Who do I want to root for the NFC.
1. Los Angeles Rams – RAM JAM. All in on the Rams in the NFL Playoffs as a whole. I like Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald as players plus I feel they have an innovative coaching staff that makes games fun to watch. Rams hosting a Saturday night playoff game should be something special. Only knock on the Rams is their Blue and white uniforms. Just go back to light blue and yellow, please.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – If you want a Packers tie-in for the NFC Playoffs, look no further than Philadelphia with Doug Pedersen. How cool would it be to see Brett Favre hanging out at the NFC Championship or the Super Bowl supporting his former backup quarterback? The story would be fun too considering Nick Foles is a backup and hasn’t looked good in weeks.
3. New Orleans Saints – I want to like the Saints more than number three honestly. I love the all black Saints uniforms, Alvin Kamara, Mike Thomas and the Superdome when it’s rocking like it will be on Sunday afternoon. But I get hung up on Sean Payton and Drew Brees. I used to enjoy Payton but his cool guy act grew pretty slate. Brees is a try-hard and basically an older, Southern Russell Wilson from a personality standpoint.
4. Carolina Panthers – Couple things Carolina has going for them in terms of a rooting interest – Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly. That’s about it though. Panthers have been a pretty boring team for the most part. Packers fans probably still harbor bad feelings about Thomas Davis which will deter some from rooting for Carolina. If you want complete awkwardness at the Super Bowl, root for Carolina and all of the Jerry Richardson stories leading up to the game.
5. Atlanta Falcons – There isn’t much to like about the Falcons. Matt Ryan is an average quarterback. Dan Quinn is an average coach. Their offense looks entirely deflated under Steve Sarkisian. Tell me again why they are likable? Redemption? Between me, you and the blog post, Atlanta isn’t even sniffing the playoffs had Rodgers stay healthy this season. That sounds petty but I don’t care.
Hell. Minnesota Vikings – Yes, it’s not number six, it’s just hell. Because I cannot think of one thing I want fucking less in 2018 than Minnesota in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. I couldn’t take all of the stories leading up to the game, and everyone rooting for this scrappy Vikings teams with Case Keenum whose getting Kurt Warner comparisons (KILL ME NOW). There’s nothing you can like about Minnesota getting there unless you’re a true masochist hoping they get to the Super Bowl only to get blown out or lose at the last second